What Makes YOU feel Rich ?
May 17, 2011 by eclectic24
Charlie Chaplin, the iconic comedian and actor, had a terrible childhood. His mother, a talented singer, spent most of her life in and out of mental hospitals; his father was a fairly successful vaudevillian until he began drinking. After his parents separated, Charlie and his half-brother, Sidney, spent most of their childhood in the Lambeth Workhouse. Barely able to read and write,he left school early to tour with a group of clog dancers. Later, he had the lead in a comedy act and by the age of 19 he had become one of the most popular music-hall performers in England.
After he came to America , his career really took off . He amassed a considerable fortune but he never forgot the hardships of those early years . One thing that he always did when he stayed in a hotel was to order room service. Room service is expensive , even exorbitant , and it is an unnecessary luxury. However , it gave Chaplin the feeling that he had finally arrived . It made him feel successful ; it made him feel rich.
Many of us have such an idiosyncrasy . We indulge ourselves in something unnecessary , something expensive because it makes us feel good about ourselves , because, consciously or subconsciously, it makes us feel rich . This is quite different from the show off who buys a round of drinks for everyone , or someone who buys a huge mansion or an expensive sports car he can ill afford. In these cases , the person is being boastful , trying to show everyone else that he has made it big.Chaplin , on the other hand , was not trying to impress anyone . Ordering room service was his way of re-affirming to himself that he had a come a long way from his indigent childhood, and it made him feel good to do so.
One of my friends is very frugal in most things but once every month or so he treats himself to high tea in a luxe hotel . Seated in tony surroundings among the well heeled , sipping his tea and nibbling on scones and dainty tea-cakes gives him a feeling of well-being.
Another friend never polishes his own shoes , instead preferring to have them polished at a shoeshine stand and tipping handsomely . The luxury of having someone else do what he could do himself is , he says , well worth the cost. I know the feeling . It is something I experience on the rare occasions I go for a pedicure.
Another chap splurges on expensive colognes and after-shave creams which , to him , are the smell of success.
Perhaps the best , certainly the canniest , is my friend who doesn’t buy anything . Instead , when he sees something expensive , like a luxury sedan , he looks at the sticker price and tells himself ” If I wanted to , I could buy that .. and pay cash . “
Needless to say , he is the most well off of my friends .